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Admission Requirements

MSAT Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.
  • Application and acceptance by ISU Graduate School
    • Cumulative GPA (minimum of 3.0 for final 60 credits)
    • GRE/MAT score based on acceptance requirements of the ISU Graduate School
  • Successful completion of the following required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course:
    • Anatomy and Physiology (1 year equivalent with lab component)
    • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (or equivalent)
    • Neuroscience (preferred)
    • General Nutrition or Sports Nutrition
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Sport Psychology (or other upper division Psychology course)
  • Statement of Personal Interest in Athletic Training including the following:
    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Background and/or experiences in sports, athletic training, physical education or related areas
    • Short and long-term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at ISU
  • Two Recommendations using the recommendation link
  • Documentation of observation hours (minimum of 50) with an Athletic Trainer.
  • A successful interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews will take place in as applications are completed. Applicants who do not meet all admission criteria may be granted an interview and given an opportunity to address deficiencies only if interview spots are available.
  • Students must have the following on file with the Sport Science & Physical Education Department prior to starting clinical site assignment in August:
    • Proof of immunizations
    • Proof of Tuberculin PPD test (within 1 year)
    • Bloodborne Pathogen training
    • Background check

Technical Standards (see page 15)

Health Requirements

Idaho State University’s MSAT program and CAATE requires all students enrolled in the MSAT program to provide proof of immunizations. Students who do not have these on file will not be allowed to begin clinical experience in the summer semester. The cost of vaccinations is the student’s responsibility. Students are required to have the TB test performed on an annual basis. 

The immunization records must be submitted to the Program Director. The Athletic Training Student will not be allowed to begin clinical experiences until all required immunizations are on file. The Technical Standards form containing the signature of the Athletic Training Student documenting acknowledgment of this requirement is maintained by the Program Director of the MSAT program. All records are kept confidential and will not be released without the student’s permission or court order.

Academic Advisement

Academic advisement is available throughout the academic year the Athletic Training program faculty in the Sport Science and Physical Education Department for students who have been officially accepted into the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Students must meet once prior to admission and each following semester with their designated Athletic Training program faculty member to ensure proper progression toward meeting all degree requirements.

Guidelines for Advancement in the Athletic Training Program:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all athletic training (minimum of a B-) courses.
  2. Receive a “minimal” rating on the evaluation of performance in the clinical setting.
  3. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of a 3.0.
  4. Maintain Professional CPR certification.
  5. Must have and pass an annual Tuberculin PPD test for clinical experience.
  6. Must complete an annual Criminal Background Investigation.

Retention Policies and/or GPA Requirements

Students who fall below the required GPA standards (3.0 overall GPA and B- in AT program core courses) will be immediately placed on one-semester probationary status. Students will be required to complete an Academic Improvement Plan prior to the beginning of the semester. Students who do not show improvement after one semester will be dismissed from the AT program.

Students will not be permitted to advance in the MSAT program if they did not achieve the “minimal” standards on their clinical evaluation, as determined by the Clinical Preceptor, Clinical Education Coordinator, and Program Director. Since the clinical hours are incorporated into each Clinical Experiences course, students will be required to repeat the course to fulfill their clinical experience. Prior to receiving an unsatisfactory clinical evaluation, students will have received 2 written warnings from their Clinical Preceptor and have a formal meeting with the Clinical Education Coordinator and their Clinical Preceptor. Students who receive more than one “unsatisfactory” evaluation will be dismissed from the MSAT program.

Students who fail to follow the NATA Code of Ethics, policies, and procedures set forth in the ISU Athletic Training Student Handbook, and/or policy and procedures for any affiliated site may also be dismissed from the program. This includes involvement in illegal activities, violation of the alcohol, drugs, and tobacco policy, unexcused absences for clinical assignments, or violation of university or program policies.

Determination of dismissal from the program is the responsibility of the MSAT Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator, with input from current Clinical Preceptors and faculty. They are responsible for reviewing the pending charges, pertinent written information, interviewing appropriate personnel, and rendering a final decision via the democratic process. Students dismissed from the program will not be permitted to take any additional athletic training courses (except to repeat courses that are required for program admission) or work in any of the University's athletic training facilities or affiliated settings.

Graduate School Requirements

Degree-seeking students must meet the following requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.
  2. The minimum Master's level standards are:
    • GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 3.5 to 4.000 No standardized test (GRE/MAT) required
    • GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 3.0 to 3.499 40th Percentile on at least one area of the GRE or 40th Percent tile on the MAT
    • GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 2.5 to 2.999 Combined Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) score of 1000 on GRE or 45th Percentile on the MAT
    • GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) Below 2.499 No admission
    The method of calculating an Admission GPA is based on the last 60+/- semester undergraduate credits (90+/- quarter credits), using complete semesters (quarters). In the case of those students who have not completed the baccalaureate degree, the grade point average will be calculated on the last 60 credits at the time of application.
  3. In instances where a standardized test is required, to register for the GRE, contact either the GRE-ETS, Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541-6000, or the ISU Counseling and Testing Center (208)282-2130. To register for the GMAT/MAT, contact the Idaho State University Counseling and Testing Center. GRE/GMAT/MAT scores are used for other purposes in addition to admission. Most departments/colleges also use these scores as part of the criteria for awarding graduate assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships. Other parts of the campus may also use these scores in the process of awarding scholarships. Students at Idaho State University may take these tests at the Counseling and Testing Center. Special study sessions are available at the University in the Center for Teaching and Learning (208) 282-3662 to aid the student in preparing for the GRE/GMAT.
  4. Recommendation for admission by the department or college offering the desired degree program. Please see individual department sections of this catalog for additional requirements.
  5. Approval for admission by the Dean of the Graduate School.

The Application Process

The admission process is initiated as follows:

  1. Applications for admission may be obtained online ( or from the Graduate School.
  2. Applicants applying as degree-seeking students must request that each institution at which they have taken any post-secondary work submit one official transcript directly to the Graduate School. Idaho State University undergraduate transcripts are available to the Graduate School and need not be forwarded by the applicant. Non-degree seeking applicants must provide a transcript (official or copy) showing proof of degree.
  3. Applicants must include a $55 nonrefundable processing fee with each application form. The files of students who do not pay the required application fee will not be processed for admission.
  4. Some programs require additional information (e.g., letters of recommendation); please contact the specific department and review individual departmental sections of this catalog for additional requirements.
  5. Applicants must clearly indicate the desired graduate program on the application form, or if a non-degree-seeking student, the college and department in which the student intends to take courses.
  6. GRE/GMAT/MAT may be required for degree-seeking applicants at the discretion of the department.
  7. Additional requirements for degree-seeking last semester seniors and international students are described under those headings on the following pages.

McNair Scholars

The Graduate School offers application fee waivers for McNair Scholars applying to graduate degree programs at Idaho State University. Applicants must complete the Idaho State University Graduate Application (either electronically or in hardcopy) indicating that they are applying for the McNair Program fee waiver. A verification letter must be sent to the Graduate School. McNair Scholars Verification Letters: The McNair Program Director or Coordinator should write a letter that verifies the student's participation in the program at the undergraduate institution in which the student participated in the McNair Program. All verification letters must be written on program/university letterhead and should contain the following information: student's name, undergraduate major and the name of the graduate degree program to which the student is seeking admission. Verification letters may be sent to the Graduate School by mail, fax, or email attachment.

Admission Links

Graduate Catalog
MSAT Application Checklist


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